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Ridgeway Free Will Baptist Church
Saturday January 30th, 2021
11:00am - 12:00pm

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Betty Joan Rice



Betty Joan Dover Rice, age 86, of Old Fort, North Carolina, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loved ones at her residence on Friday, January 22, 2021.  The daughter of the late Thomas and Pearl Reed Dover, she was born in Buncombe County, North Carolina on January 20, 1935. 


In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Ray Rice “Red”, who passed away on September 12, 2013; two sisters, Hazel Bryson and Mary Ann Greenwood; and one brother, Thomas Young Dover, Jr..


An avid reader and birdwatcher, Betty loved animals, especially her cats and dogs.  She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and working with her flowers.  Following many years of dedicated service, Betty retired as Post Master at Enka Post Office.  She was a member of One Focus Church in Swannanoa.


Left to cherish her precious memories are her daughter, Paula Parker (Ronnie), one son, Mike Rice (Lib); and one sister, Mildred Melton.  Betty is also survived by her eight grandchildren, Scott Parker (Tanya), Shane Parker (Regina), Stephanie Cannon (William), Samantha Lee, Shanna Rickman (Mark), Richard Rice (Drema), Donna Laughter and Susan Chavez (Martin); eighteen great grandchildren, Marrissa, Shelby, Sydney, Dakota, Calah, Cody, Colten, Cade, Zach, Max, Madison, Karris, Peyton, TJ, Caroline, Karly, Daisy and John-Michael; four great-great grandchildren, Braxton, Dawson, Cortlen and Cade; and two great-great grandbabies on the way, Baby Jones and Baby Cannon. 


A gathering of family and friends will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Beam Funeral Service & Crematory in Marion.  Betty will be laid to rest next to her late husband, “Red” at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain. 





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Susan Messer Jan 28 2021 12:00 AM

I had the pleasure of being Mrs Rices CNA at the hospital 2 weeks ago when she first was admitted. I went into her room one time and as I started to walk out , she said, Patty, are you a good Christian lady? I was glad to say, I try to be. And with desperation in her eyes she asked me to pray for her and your family. From that day on I tried to remember to pray for her. On Wednesday night last week I went to the altar and asked God to please heal her. I guess He wanted her to have the permanent healing in Heaven. She was a very special lady that I will never forget.

Patty Hudgins Jan 25 2021 12:00 AM

Dear family, our hearts are broken over Joan's passing. We enjoyed many visits with Joan, Red and Aunt Pearl. We always tried to count her cats when we were there. She was a precious cousin and friend. Our Love and prayers will always be with you. Melissa & Charles Fox

Melissa & Charles Fox Jan 24 2021 12:00 AM

Paula, Mike and Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you! It is so very hard to lose our Mama. I can still the four sisters sitting at Moms kitchen table sharing stories of their childhoods. Those are special memories for all of us.
Joan loved her family....all of you! I know she will be missed terribly by all of you.
God bless and love to all!
Kim and Family

Kimberly Plemmons Jan 24 2021 12:00 AM

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